HANOVER, N.H. – Leverone Field House has played host to three meets already this season, but this weekend’s Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championship is the biggest.
Teams from seven other programs across the Ivy League will join the Dartmouth men and women for a two-day meet inside the Big Green’s home facility.
Things get underway Saturday morning with field events kicking off the weekend in Hanover. As the day progresses, trial heats on the track as well as both pentathlon (women) and heptathlon (men) events will be taking place under the intricate pattern of triangles that make up Leverone’s recognizable roof.
Sunday will see not only the conclusion of the men’s multis, but also the finals in more than 20 different events between the men and women.
For the women, much of the attention will fall on senior Abbey D’Agostino after winning the Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete of the Meet last year at Harvard.
However, classmate Janae Dunchack should not be overlooked as she attempts to become just the second woman in Ivy League history to claim the pentathlon title in all four years of her collegiate career. Brown’s Lindsay Taylor (1998-01) remains the only student-athlete to accomplish the feat Dunchack hopes to match. Last season, Dunchack’s 3,940 points not only gave the North Cambria, Pa., native her third straight title, but were also the third-best total in league history at any meet.
D’Agostino earned her accolade in Cambridge after winning the 5000m (15:47.02) on Saturday and the mile (4:32.42) the following afternoon, both in Ivy League Championship record times. The then-junior went on to anchor the two-mile relay team to a third-place showing.
Also earning an individual title in 2013 was Kaitlin Whitehorn in the high jump. Now a sophomore, she will look to defend her title after clearing 5-10.5/1.78m last year to edge out Harvard’s Mary Hirst.
Herbert and Marge Chase Head Coach of Women’s Track & Field Sandy Ford-Centonze also expects strong showings from senior Megan Krumpoch in the 800m and 4x800 and sophomore Jennifer Meech in the 200m, 400m and 4x400.
In addition to D’Agostino, Dartmouth’s middle and long distance runners fresh off a 2013 Ivy League Cross Country Championship should help contribute to the team’s point total this weekend. Cross Country All-American Dana Giordano is one of those distance runners expected to shine at home in the 3000m and build on last year’s fifth-place finish in Cambridge.
Fans unable to make it out to Leverone this weekend will have the opportunity to follow along with all the action as the Ivy League will broadcast Sunday’s finals from 12 p.m. through the awards ceremony live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Current subscribers to the network will have access to the live HD broadcast, while those currently without a subscription have a variety of packages to choose from at http://www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com/packages.
In addition to the video stream, Lancer Timing will provide live, updating results throughout the weekend on its website: http://www.lancertiming.com/.